ESG Integration Forum – Summer
Interactive, virtual forum

Thursday, July 15, 2021


About the forum

Telling your ESG story in a virtual environment!

Following on from the success of our previous ESG Integration Forums, Corporate Secretary and IR Magazine will be back again this summer to discuss the outcomes of the proxy season and help companies respond to the growing demand for improved ESG practices.

We will bring together investor relations, finance, sustainability, governance, risk and compliance experts all under one ‘roof’ on our virtual event platform to discuss the underlying factors that have driven the rise of ESG, learn about investor expectations, deepen
shareholder engagement, help companies identify and act on material risks, and better manage shareholder proposals in the ‘new normal’.

A far cry from a traditional webinar format, the event will feature virtual roundtable discussions, live chat with attendees, one-on-one video chats and extensive networking. The panel discussions will be followed by a live Q&A with the audience.


Due to current restrictions, the event will take place as a virtual experience using our bespoke, cutting-edge technology.

Our virtual event platform closely replicates attending in-person by facilitating interaction with speakers, one-to-one networking with fellow IR and governance professionals, and group roundtable discussions. Going virtual helps you connect with a wider network from the comfort of your desk.


Holders of the NIRI IRC® credential can earn up to 4 professional development units (PDUs) per day. IRC-credentialed speakers may also earn PDUs. More information is available at


Timings on the agenda as shown as Eastern Time (ET)

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  • 10:30 AM
    Welcome to the ESG Integration Forum – Summer 2021!

  • 10:35 AM
    NEW: Research rockpiles – The latest stats and facts on ESG

    Ben Ashwell presents an overview of the latest IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary research on ESG.

    • Hear the latest research from the perspective of companies and investors
    • Track the ESG trends by understanding what has changed in the past 12 months
    • Take home facts and figures related to how your peers are approaching ESG
  • 10:45 AM
    What have we learned about investor ESG expectations from this proxy season?

    In this session, we examine the types of ESG proposals that are gathering support from shareholders and discuss which ESG issues are likely to attract future proposals.

    • Learn about the ESG issues that should be top of mind for boards
    • Discover where the gap is between management and shareholders on ESG-related proposals
    • Discuss emerging trends like say-on-climate and whether it is likely to have an impact in the US in the future
  • 11:15 AM
    ESG trend watch: International drivers and domestic policy

    The Biden administration seems intent on putting the US back in the driving seat on climate action and, with Gary Gensler appointed as chair of the SEC, we look at the impact this may have on global drivers for ESG and whether the US is likely to follow suit.

    • Learn about the implemented changes in policies globally and debate whether they will soon apply in the US
    • Understand the impact and unintended consequences of increased ESG regulation
    • Debate whether ESG disclosure will become mandatory in the US and what form it will take
  • 11:45 AM
    How the ESG ecosystem is evolving

    From internal constituents, standard-setters and framework developers to data providers, coalitions and proxy advisers, understanding the key players in ESG becomes ever-more complex. In this session, we will discuss developments in the ESG ecosystem and provide more clarity on working with different constituents.

    • Understand the role different players have in the ESG ecosystem and how companies can engage with these entities
    • Learn about the interconnectivity between rating agencies, frameworks, assurers, data providers, advisers and coalitions and how the world of ESG operates
    • Discuss the benefits of focusing on your own metrics or looking at external guidelines, and hear which frameworks are preferred by companies and investors
  • 12:30 PM
    Roundtable discussion: Communicating your ESG message during the transition back to in-person engagements

    As we move from the shared challenge of all issuers and investors operating digitally, the easing of restrictions will create an imbalanced situation where the ability to meet will differ from institution to institution. In this session, we look at the implications for engaging with stakeholders and examine the practical solutions.

    • How will the transition from shared restrictions to differing situations between regions alter the way you approach ESG communications with shareholders, proxy advisers and ratings agencies?
    • Learn about the communication tactics and resources companies use to deliver the message about ESG practices to the right audiences
    • Active engagement and voting are mechanisms investors are increasingly using to influence company ESG practices. In this session, we investigate whether virtual and hybrid meetings improve real-time communications with shareholders
  • 13:15 PM
    Getting started and managing ESG on a shoestring

    All ESG programs need to start somewhere and not everyone has the luxury of unlimited resources to dedicate to an ESG program. This session will focus on the steps you can take when starting or ramping up your ESG program and prioritizing efforts as a small or mid-cap issuer.

    • Understand what activities are needed to start creating an ESG story that resonates with investors
    • Discover which metrics and frameworks are most important to prioritize for an ESG program in its infancy
    • Learn how to get buy-in from management and the board on your ESG disclosure efforts
  • 13:15 PM
    Integrating ESG into the boardroom

    Setting public climate targets and linking compensation to ESG metrics are becoming more common. Learn how to develop the relationship the board has with ESG.

    • Hear how teams have presented a forward-thinking strategy to their board to ensure buy-in from the top
    • Learn about the ESG metrics that companies link to executive compensation and how they have impacted decision-making in the business
    • Understand how to approach public targets and ensure the board is comfortable committing to these targets
  • 13:45 PM
    Meet the attendees: Networking

    Match with other attendees for a short, fun introduction using our virtual networking tool: it’s as easy as 1-2-3:

    1. Visit the networking area and click connect
    2. Get randomly matched with another attendee for a three-minute introduction
    3. Exchange contact information or move on to the next attendee: it’s up to you!
  • 14:00 PM
    How to use ESG to drive better stock performance and reduce your cost of capital

    In this session, we discuss the role ESG has in improving financial performance. Join this session to discuss the scale of impact ESG has at programs of differing levels.

    • Understand the drivers behind ESG’s ability to improve return on equity and cost of capital
    • Learn about the extent to which financial performance is impacted depending on your level of reporting in comparison with peers
    • Does it pay to be a leader, laggard or improving company when it comes to reaping benefits from ESG reporting?
  • 14:00 PM
    Can ESG ratings predict future ESG news and stock price reactions from the market?

    Interpret the ESG ratings on your company and understand the importance of consensus in predicting future market reactions to ESG-related news.

    • Hear examples of the usefulness of ESG ratings as predictors of future ESG-related news
    • Learn about the magnitude of market reactions to future news stories and the relationship with ratings agency consensus
    • Discuss whether these findings alter how you manage your relationship with ESG ratings agencies
  • 14:30 PM
    Data gathering and prioritizing your efforts

    In this session, we will discuss the latest trends and share best practices on identifying, collecting and disclosing material ESG information.

    • Understand the latest reporting trends and whether corporate reporting can evolve beyond the 10K to enable better ESG disclosure
    • Learn how to identify material issues and improve your systems for collecting and disclosing relevant data
    • Turn data into action: Understand how to use your ESG data to mitigate risk and add value to your stakeholders
  • 15:00 PM
    Shareholder ID and targeting ESG stakeholders

    We talk about the best way to find the investors that fit with your ESG profile and share how to communicate your data and story with the firms and indexes most relevant to you.

    • Debate what is more critical – narrative, data or ESG scores – as capital markets and ESG continues to evolve
    • Understand the different collection methods investment firms and indexes use and which qualities they look for in sustainable companies – and learn where to focus your efforts
    • Discuss how best to identify investors and communicate your ESG risks and opportunities in a way that resonates with their efforts
  • 15:30 PM
    Presentation: Closing keynote

  • 15:45 PM
    Summary of discussions

  • 16:00 PM
    End of conference

Previous Speakers

To inquire about speaking at the forum, please contact [email protected] or call +44 20 3865 8103

What our virtual attendees say

"The topics were great the platform worked really well too."


"Really strong and articulate line-up of panelists. Easy access to link to event and to ask questions. I really enjoyed the session and looking forward to the event in October. I thought the topics were timely and appropriate."

ESG Verification

"I liked the variety of participants"

Toll Brothers

" Very topical subject. Highly knowledgeable speakers. Platform has become stable and reliable."


"Knowledgeable panels. Productive discussion. Easy participation. Visibility and up-voting of questions."

GCs Counsel

"Great selection of panelists. I thought the platform was very user friendly."

Murphy USA

"Relevant content and solid speaker line-up"

Aecon Group

"I have been to a lot of these events and I have found the conversations to be richer and more insightful than many of the bigger panels - probably due to good moderation and good panelists. I was also impressed by how seamless the virtual format was. "


"Hopin was a great platform - the 4 speakers in view really made it seem like they were sitting on a stage."


"The content was fantastic"


Who attends our virtual events

Our attendees are leading IR and GRC practitioners with an established track record and strategic role within their company.

Below is a sample of some of our past virtual attendees:

Job title Company Job title Company
Account associate, investor relations W2O Group Investor relations FIS
Associate financial analyst Moody’s Investor relations – manager Pentair
Chief corporate affairs officer Vanda Pharmaceuticals Manager, corporate communications & reporting Brown-Forman Corporation
Chief counsel & corporate secretary Cantor Fitzgerald Manager, corporate ESG program Schnitzer Steel Industries
Chief financial officer Invitae Corporation Manager, ESG Estee Lauder
Director FS KKR Capital Corp Manager, investor relations ANSYS
Director Stifel Manager, investor relations Esperion
Director – global CSR reporting & insights AT&T Managing director and head investment stewardship BlackRock
Director of investor relations FMC Corporation Senior director marketing Broadridge
Director of investor relations Terex Corporation Senior manager PwC
Director of social impact & sustainability Philip Morris Senior manager, community relations and public affairs Adtalem Global Education
Director sustainability reporting Newmont Senior manager, investor relations Aptiv
Director, emerging issues Eastman Senior manager, sustainability General Motors
Director, enterprise sustainability program Medtronic Specialist, governance Cameco Corporation
Director, investor relations Criteo Sr director, IR & corporate responsibility Incyte Corporation
Director, investor relations Discovery Sr director, IR & performance analytics Killam Apartment REIT
Director, sustainability communications ConocoPhillips Strategic director ANPORT Communications
ESG consultant RPS SVP, culture, CSR & ESG Viacom
Executive vice president, retirement strategies Natixis Vice president assistant general counsel US Bank
Head of business development for sustainability Bloomberg Vice president, investor relations & corporate treasurer Glatfelter
Head of corporate responsibility, diversity & inclusion Amdocs VP Zuylestein
Head, investor relations & director of corporate strategy TCF Financial Corporation VP, investor relations Tradeweb Markets
Head, product and service innovation TMX Group VP, investor relations Vistra Energy
Innovation and ESG consultant Halma VP, investor relations WW International
Investor relations IR Impact VP, investor relations & communications Murphy Oil


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Become a partner

Why partner with us?

The ESG Integration Forum – Summer brings together some of the most influential people in the IR and GRC communities.

The event offers an effective approach to targeting clients when they are exploring how they can improve their IR and GRC practice. Through our unrivalled knowledge of the subject matters and commitment to in-depth agenda research, our events are guaranteed to attract a qualified audience.

The unique buzz we create at our virtual events – a far cry from a webinar – makes them multi-faceted and highly interactive with great engagement in particular from heads of IR and governance teams. This allows our partners to have meaningful conversations with corporates who are deciding which parts of their ESG program to invest in, which service providers to engage and consultants to retain. By partnering with us on an event, you can generate leads, showcase your thought leadership and position yourselves as the partner of choice to the IR and GRC communities.

We’d love to have a chat with you about how you can get in front of a truly engaged and motivated audience at the ESG Integration Forum – Summer. Get in touch with Taylor Ray or call on +1 212 430 6895.

In the last 12 months, IR Magazine and Corporate Secretary’s virtual events have attracted the highest, most diverse and senior attendees and experts in investor relations and governance


Super early bird rate expires in

Book your place

This event is open to all investor relations, governance, risk and compliance professionals.

The super early bird rate expires on May 14, 2021. 

After this date the price will increase to the early bird rate of $95. The standard price booking price is $245.

If you have any questions, please contact Chloë Rutter at [email protected] or +44 20 3002 0396.

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